Invermere is finalist for Aviva Community Fund

The Columbia Valley Centre, presently under construction in Invermere, British Columbia and due for completion in 2017, will replace the 70 year old Lake Windermere Memorial Hall and will serve the residents and visitors to the area, which stretches from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats, for many years to come.
The multi-use facility has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of activities. The main room can host a banquet for 500 people but can be transformed into a theatre with retractable seating for 228 patrons with a central stage and is designed to allow for live performances, movies and and other presentations.
The building will also be the new home of the public library which will see the building open to the public at least 5 days a week and at least 8 hours a day.
Our request to the Aviva Community Fund is for $72,000 under the Community Development Category to enable us to purchase and install a Christie Digital Projector Model CP2208 or equivalent and a Strong MDI Strongview XL motorized screen or equivalent. With this equipment we will be able to screen commercial, festival and locally produced shows as well as live performances including opera, ballet and stage productions from satellites.
In 2014 the historic Toby Theatre in Invermere closed its doors. The expense of the technology required to continue to show movies made it no longer viable. The absence of a movie theatre is a concern particularly to the young people of the community. The members of the Organizing Committee for the new facility are frequently asked if there will be movies in the new building. In a small community, activities for youth are limited so the option of regular movies is very important.
Funds for equipping the building are being raised in a variety of ways including the sale of theatre style seats for $1000 and landscaping in the form of trees and shrubs for $250 and $50 respectively. Local musicians and others are contributing to the purchase and installation of a high quality sound system.
The installation of the screen and projector will complete the picture of a truly multi-use facility ready to serve the cultural needs of the community for many decades.